Senators Carper and Coons Laud US Service Academy Nominees

U.S. Senator Chris Coons joins (from left to right) Amanda Carey, Donald Mendoza, and Andrew Garza at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Dec. 14, 2019.

Outstanding high school students from across the state have learned their home state United States Senators have nominated them to attend US Service Academies.

The state’s senior US Senator Tom Carper nominated more than 30 Delaware high school students to attend United States Service academies this week.  That follows US Senator Chris Coons’ announcement of four principal nominees for the academies.

Carper, who served more than two decades on active and reserve duty in the Navy, said his nominees “demonstrate that they possess the integrity, intelligence and dedication to contribute significantly to our nation’s future successes.”

Coons surprised his principal nominees – high school seniors all from Kent or Sussex Counties – during a ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base on Dec. 14.

L to r: Lauren O’Neill (CSW ’20), Maggie Boyd (UA ’20), Nick Beronio (Salesianum ’20) and Andrés Samson (Salesianum ’20) were among many outstanding students nominated by Sen. Carper and Sen. Coons to US Service Academies

Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates for appointment to four U.S. service academies –  the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment. Graduates of the tuition-free institutions are commissioned as officers in the active or reserve components of the military or the merchant marine for a minimum of five years.

 

Congressional nomination does not guarantee an individual’s admission to a service academy.  A spokesperson for Carper said the academies make their decisions “mainly based on grades, medical and physical status, and their application to the academies themselves.”  Should a student receive an appointment they can choose to accept or decline, in which case the appointment will go to another candidate.

Senator Carper’s nominations to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs:

Margaret Boyd – Ursuline Academy
Lucas Cook – Delaware Military Academy
Jared Doan – MOT Charter High School
Ethan Herring – Caesar Rodney High School
Daniel Kaminski – U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School
Dean Poplos – U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School
Mason Rolph – Sussex Technical High School
Andrés Samson – Salesianum School
Alec Troy – Saint Joseph’s University

 

Senator Carper’s nominations to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis:

Robert Andrews – First State Military Academy
Max Awtry – Conrad Schools of Science
Nick Beronio – Salesianum School
Frank Carter – Worcester Preparatory School
Bridget Cosgrove – Sussex Academy
Nick Dorazio – Middletown High School
Nick Harpey – Mount Pleasant High School
Alyssa Lee – MOT Charter High School
Lauren O’Neill – Charter School of Wilmington
Mason Rolph – Sussex Technical High School

 

Senator Carper’s nominations to the United States Military Academy in West Point:

Robert Andrews – First State Military Academy
Lahna Chagaris – Lake Forest High School
Nick Dorazio – Middletown  High School
Olivia Farris – Delaware Military Academy
Alyssa Lee – MOT Charter High School
Bryson Minear – Caesar Rodney High School
Jaya Penn – Middletown High School
Brahmir Vick – Middletown High School

 

Senator Carper’s nominations to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point:
Nick Beronio – Salesianum School
Lucas Cook – Delaware Military Academy
Olivia Farris – Delaware Military Academy
Wyatt Fruehauf – Cape Henlopen High School
Felix Harmon – Cape Henlopen High School
Jake Mundok – Sussex Academy
Cheyenne Snyder – Indian River High School
Avery Steffen – Mount Pleasant High School
Carson Watts – Sussex Technical High School

 

Senator Coons’ principal nominees:

Amanda Carey, the principal nominee to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, lives in Dover and serves as the executive officer of the JROTC at Dover High School. She is the commander of the color guard and is a member of the drill team. Carey, who takes advanced placement (AP) and honors classes, is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers with the Dover Fire Department.

Andrew Garza, a principal nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, is from Dover and is active with the JROTC at Polytech High School. He runs track, take AP classes, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a self-proclaimed “Air Force brat” since his father works at the base mortuary. Garza, a member of the Civil Air Patrol with a private pilot license, wants to fly F-22 Raptors for the Air Force.

Donald Mendoza, a principal nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy, resides in Dover and attends Caesar Rodney High School. Mendoza, who was born in the Philippines, serves as the executive officer with the JROTC and leads the drill team. He is an eagle scout in the Boy Scouts of America and has participated in Boys State. Mendoza, who is a member of the National Honor Society, wants to be a C-5 Galaxy pilot in the Air Force.

 

Mackenzie Irelan, the principal nominee to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, is from Harbeson in Sussex County and attends Cape Henlopen High School. She takes AP classes and is a member of the softball team. Irelan has completed mission trips to Kenya and the Dominican Republic with Foundation for Peace. She wants to major in political science and become an infantry officer in the Army.

Irelan was not at the Dec. 14 ceremony because of a previous commitment to attend the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. Right before kickoff, Senator Coons called Irelan to notify her of the nomination officially. During the phone call, one of Senator Coons’ academy board members, Scott Kessel (U.S.M.A. Class of 1987), who himself was at the game, presented Irelan with a congratulatory letter from the senator.

Coons’ office said alternate nominees to the three academies listed above, the nominees for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, and individuals not selected to receive congressional nominations will be notified within the next few weeks.


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